Christian terms and information
A dictionary comparing definitions
evangelical Christians & others
In 1995, when we started to do literature research for essays on this web site, we found
some conservative Protestant web sites, books and other information sources difficult to
understand. We found that their writings often assigned meanings to common words
and phrases that are different from those with which we were familiar. Common
examples were "Christian search engines," "Christian
radio stations," and "Christian book stores." We naively expected
them to provide a service that reflected the full diversity of Christian beliefs:
conservative, mainline, and liberal; Protestant, Roman
Catholic, Orthodox, etc.
What we generally found were groups that restricted themselves to reflect only the
views of fundamentalist and other evangelical denominations.
investigated such "hot" religious topics as abortion
access, equal rights for gays and lesbians,
Neopagan faith groups,
other non-Christian religions, etc., we
found that conservative Protestants tended to use definitions for some words which
were different from those used by mainline, liberal, Roman Catholic and some
other Christians, non-religious
folk, scientists, physicians, human rights advocates, etc. As a result, meaningful dialogue
between conservative Protestants and others has become almost impossible.
The problem appears to be more widespread that we originally thought.
The Roman Catholic Church has noted that differences
in definitions of words related to human sexuality are causing "grave
moral confusion." They announced plans to publish a "Lexicon of the
Family and Life" in 2003-FEB. 1 It
was expected be almost 1,000 pages long
and would contain a glossary of 90 words defined from a Roman Catholic
perspective. Six years later, there is no indication that the lexicon was
Topics covered in this section:
- Jennifer Harper, "Vatican writes 'glossary' on sex terminology," The Washington Times, 2003-JAN-17, at:
http://washingtontimes.com/ This report was offline as of 2005-JUL.
Copyright © 2000 to 2012 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2000-OCT-02
Latest update: 2012-SEP-08
Author: B.A. Robinson